Smarter, more connected, and more efficient. These adjectives seem to permeate new business strategies. These ideas may stem from computer technology and other electronic innovations, but these ideas do not escape the healthcare industry. In fact, healthcare IT is booming, with innovations intended to streamline the flow of information regarding medical history (through innovations such as those relating to electronic medical records (EMR)), test results (through innovations such as those relating to computerized physician order entry (CPOE)), and even allowing doctors around the globe to evaluate a patients symptoms in a matter of moments (through advancements in systems such as picture archiving and communications systems (PACS)). Compounding this drive for more efficient healthcare systems, the recent healthcare reforms in the U.S. are continually shifting the healthcare landscape and forcing healthcare providers to shift their policies with each and every governmental adjustment. New rates must be set with every small change in government policy, and as such, refining health care IT has become a vital role of healthcare.
Maier & Maier works to stay on top of the developments in the healthcare world so that we may assist you in acquiring sufficient legal protection for your technologies. We can assist you with protecting innovations developed in order to meet the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). We can assist you in protecting inventions related to Healthcare IT systems, including web-based software applications, wireless innovations, and advancements in bioinformatics, digital imaging, PACS, EMR, and RFID technologies. We understand that advancements in healthcare IT systems may save time, money and even lives, and we will work with you to ensure that your rights to essential technology are secured.
The field of medical devices is an intensely litigated field, largely in part because medical devices have received extensive patent protection. However, these inventions are supremely important, as they serve to save lives and improve medical care, whether by easing the pain or hardship experienced by the patient or decreasing the amount of timely and extensive procedures for practitioners. Medical devices may include the physical devices used, such as diagnostic instruments, stents, implantable devices, dabetes equipment, surgical devices, medical supplies, electronic medical devices and monitoring equipment, as well as more generalized methods and systems, such as diagnostic methods, drug-delivery systems, therapeutic devices, pain care systems or devices, digital signal processing, and endoscopy systems. Medical devices in the fields of oncology, orthopedics, cardiology, gynecology, and neuroscience are regularly protected by a patent or series of patents.
Due to the importance of the field, the field is both highly regulated and highly competitive, resulting in small profit margins and relatively short periods of time in which a new product can hold market share. For all of the aforementioned reasons, it is all the more important to craft effective and extensive patent protection. Maier & Maier has extensive experience providing such protection and offers a full range of IP counseling in order to ensure that all of your IP needs are met.